YOGA TEACHER CERTIFICATION MISSION STATEMENT
The Yoga School considers the certification of qualified yoga teachers our highest mission.
We acknowledges that in order to offer excellent yoga teacher certification we must provide the highest quality educational curriculum and texts, teachers and support services for the students and graduates. We pledge to always deliver superior training and service to the students and graduates.
We feel it is our responsibility to share our knowledge through the provision of teacher role modelling, adherence to ethical standards, the curriculum objectives and standards of Yoga Alliance UK for registered yoga schools.
We are a diverse school from multidisciplinary yoga certifications committed to building an honest and supportive culture in which everyone is treated with warmth, dignity and respect.
Teacher Training Program Goals
To provide a comprehensive Basic Level Yoga Teacher Certification to participants who seek to teach yoga to individuals in private or group settings.
To provide ongoing structured and unstructured support to participants leading to certification.
To certify participants under the educational standards set forth by Yoga Alliance uk for approved registered yoga schools.
Approaches to Learning
By exploring the many avenues by which students learn postures in the asana class, teacher training participants will be guided through a multitude of lectures, discussions, reading assignments, writing assignments, posture exploration, teach back demonstration exercises, posture sequencing, class development and weekend intensives.
In addition, this program will:
Provide creative educational tools that aid participants in acquiring teaching skills.
Provide creative educational research projects that aid participants in understanding the many physical and psychological challenges students may bring to the asana class.
Provide ongoing feedback to help participants build appropriate teaching language.
Provide ongoing feedback for the appropriate use of “touch” and “alignment.”
Provide ongoing feedback for the appropriate use of “touch during alignment.”
Provide for frequent class demonstrations by students that aid in the reduction of anxiety associated with speaking in front of audiences.
Provide creative educational tools that aid the student in building competence and confidence necessary for a quality yoga teacher.
At the end of training, participants will have learned skills to:
Teach a 60-90 minute asana class in gentle yoga, vinyasa and classical haha
Teach a basic Pranayama class
Teach a basic 60 minute Meditation class
Describe one model for forming a home meditation group
Write and deliver a guided imagery script
Use language appropriate for a yoga and meditation class
Training Policies and Guidelines Payments
Monthly payment plan is available and must be paid by credit card – MC or VISA unless other options are approved by the Director.
Training cancellation policy
Free Soul Yoga school has a strict application process, we pride ourselves in ensuring that every application that is received is agreed only after full consideration of the students ability to complete the course successfully has been achieved. There are no refunds or transfers available. In the event of a major life crisis and with direct interview with the course tutor it may be possible for amaximumof50%ofthecoursefeetobetransferredtoanothercoursebutnocashreimbursementisavailableoncethe course has begun.
Student Practicum Teaching – 10 hours
Each student is required to conduct yoga classes outside the classroom to friends, family or in local yoga studio. Record the date, number of students present, hour of day and type of yoga taught and turn in the hours at the end of the course on the teaching log form.
• Each student is required to teach at least 30 one (1) hour classes prior to graduation.
If you are not based in Essex then these classes may be at home, at a club, library ,community centre, schools, for a sports team etc. All classes must be for at least 3-10 people.
You will be expected to be an assistant within class for at least 5 classes before the end of your course. (Ideally more) As an assistant you will be expected to physically adjust students, set and and close class as well as new student registration.
If you are not based in Essex, simply ask a teacher you know if they would like you to help them within there class, if they are not happy to allow you to assist their students, simply be present, assist in class set up etc and practice your assists with your friends and within your classes. You can provide a video demonstrating that you are comfortable with at least 10 asana adjustments.
Student Personal Practice Log – 25 hrs
Each Student is expected to continue to attend regular yoga classes to further their yoga practice and to learn and observe yoga classes. A practicum log must be completed totalling 25 hrs and turned in at the end of the course. Doing yoga to a video may count as long as you complete the observation form for personal video class. However, we do not recommend more than 5 hours be by professional video observation.
Personal Sessions for Energy Work
Each student is expected to receive a personal session to balance the body’s energy system and release energy blocks that may surface during training. They may be reiki, massage, acupuncture, thai massage, private yoga therapy, Rolfing, Pilates, facial, myofascial release and other forms of personal work. Manicures and pedicures do not count as a session.
Class Participation and Attendance
Participants are expected to establish and continue a personal yoga practice outside the classroom. Weekly presentations such as lectures; discussions, demonstrations and reading materials are powerful tools in learning and will help the participant grow psychologically and physically. At the end of the course the participant will be able to reflect upon and appreciate the hard work he/she exerted toward certification.
This program is based on a corresponding agreement with Yoga Alliance Proffesionals,and enrolle dparticipants. Professionalism, attendance, and the completion of all required assignments are important elements of professional behaviour.
Participants are expected to attend all training classes. If illness or an emergency arise and prevent a participant from attending a class, he/she is expected to contact the teacher assigned to the class. All contact information for teachers will be given on the first day of training, this information can also be found on the course syllabus.Frequent absenteeism from classes without sound reason may suggest lack of commitment, therefore the Program Director will explore a participants’ competency to continue in the program.
NO refunds or transfers are available. If a student misses a training date or weekend they will be required to make up this training via personal training with a cost of approx £500 prior to qualification being issued
SYLLABUS – at the end of the course you will have completed the following contact hours – although in some of the categories you may do more hours than listed.
Yoga Asana Techniques – 200 hours
Demonstrate and describe: Standing poses, Revolved poses, Seated poses, Balance poses, Prone poses, Supine poses, Twist poses, Inverted poses, Backbends
Sequence postures for a 60-90 minute beginners class
Develop a daily personal sadhana practice
Demonstrate pranayama breathing exercises
Demonstrate mudra hand positions
Describe three kriyas used in yoga for cleansing the body
Use descriptive language appropriate for the yoga class
Utilise appropriate music for yoga class
Write a creative visualisation script
Demonstrate 10 different asana adjustments
Demonstrate 10 different asana modifications
Student Practicum – 30 hours
• 30 hours of documented teaching practice
Yoga Anatomy and Physiology – 90 hours online course
Describe the subtle energy system
Locate specific organs in the body
Locate specific muscles in the body
Locate specific bones in the body
Describe the anatomy of human movement as it applies to asana
Describe the systems of the body as it applies to asana
Yoga Philosophy – 30 hours
Describe a brief history of yoga
Describe at least four branches of yoga
Describe at least four styles of yoga
Describe the eight fold-path of Patanjali
Describe the Yamas and Niyamas
Yoga Methodology – 30 hours
Introduction to gentle Yoga (gentle sequences and yoga with props held for longer periods of time)
Basic Thai massage with students during their practice (yoga posturing in a surrendered state)
And other methods of teaching yoga to the community
• We strongly encourage you to receive six private sessions* by the end of the course to illustrate the importance of self-care. We will talk about the importance of “niyama” and purification as described in Patanjali’s Sutras. We encourage you to use the services offered at your training location or find a classmate, go to free Reiki clinics, etc.
* These sessions can include: Thai Reflexology, Reiki, Massage, Chiropractic, Ayurveda, Chinese Medicine, Tibetan Medicine, Private Yoga Therapy, Shiatsu, Cymatron Sound Healing, Acupuncture, Acupressure, Crystal Healing, and Energy Healing.
Online purchases:No refunds or returns are available, All class passes must be used within the date range provided
Please note that there is a strict 48 hour cancellation policy on ALL appointments booked. The session will be forfeited should the customer not attend a pre booked session.